Vegan Australia News
Vegan Australia calls for an end to exhibiting animals
6 June 2014
Vegan Australia has made a submission to the public consultation into
the proposed welfare standards for "exhibited animals" (animals kept
in zoos, aquariums, etc).
Most of the other submissions will probably be from the zoo industry,
perhaps attempting to make the standards weaker, or from animal
welfare organisations trying to make the standards stronger. In
contrast, Vegan Australia's submission takes the view that animals
should not be kept in captivity for exhibition and the standards
should work towards ending that practice as quickly as possible, with
the interests of the animals held above all other interests.
The submission is a call to reframe the standards so
they become a plan to end the practice of exhibiting animals, by:
Read the full text of the
Vegan Australia submission.
- stopping wild capture and trading of animals and stopping captive breeding
- rehabilitating and releasing animals into the wild when in the best interest of each animal
- caring for the remaining animals for the rest of their lives
To read the proposed standards go to the
Proposed Australian standards and guidelines for exhibited animals - public consultation.
The main document used to prepare the submission was the
"Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Exhibited Animals - General" found on the above link.
But You Kill Ants now available online
The excellent guide to all the questions you might be asked as a
vegan, But You Kill Ants by John Waddell, has
been made available online. A big thank you goes to John for letting
us offer his extensively researched answers to all of the common and
tricky questions asked of vegans.
18 February 2014
In the media: "Give lamb-assador the chop: vegans"
Article in The West Australian based on our Australia Day media release.
30 January 2014
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Media release: Sam, leave the lambs alone this Australia Day
2014 is the year of veganism. Sam Kekovitch and the Australian meat
industries feel so threatened by the growing wave of awareness that
they have targeted vegans directly in their new TV ad campaign.
According to Vegan Australia, vegan ethics and practice is entering
the mainstream at an accelerating rate.
25 January 2014
A systems advocacy approach to promoting veganism
At the 2013 Animal Activists Forum, Greg McFarlane, Director of Vegan
Australia, gave a talk on vegan systems advocacy, covering systems
advocacy in general, examples of systems advocacy and how it applies
to vegan advocacy as well as a brief diversion on why promoting
veganism is important to the animal activist movement.
20 October 2013
Government recognises vegan diet as viable option for all Australians
Australia's peak health body, the NH&MRC, has finally recognised that
a vegan diet is a viable option for all Australians. Australia's top
health experts are now in agreement with those in the USA and Canada
that well-planned vegan diets are safe and healthy for all age groups.
11 July 2013
In the newly-released
Dietary Guidelines, plant-derived foods are given as alternatives
to animal-derived foods, with meal planning advice accommodating vegan
eating. In fact, the Guidelines state that alternatives to animal
foods (such as nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and tofu) can, for all
Australians, "increase dietary variety and can provide a valuable,
affordable source of protein and other nutrients found in meats."
Take your vitamin B12, or risk feeling sad!
Feeling melancholic? It might just be a healthy reaction to
the current state of the world. Or, it could be caused by low
vitamin B12. A recent study suggests that not taking your
vitamin B12 could make you sad. Stay safe and take a B12
15 June 2013
For a full rundown on B12 in your diet see our article
What every vegan should know about vitamin B12.
The recent study was published in the journal
BMC Psychiatry on 24 May 2013:
Association between vitamin B12 levels and melancholic depressive symptoms: a Finnish population-based study
Media release: Vegan Australia says no to Bacon Week
Vegan Australia rejects the assertion by Australian Pork that "It is
often said that bacon is the meat that will tempt vegetarians to
follow the carnivorous path back to sal(i)vation. And this is the
week to do it."
17 May 2013
"The suggestion that this week people should encourage those who
eschew animal products to consume bacon is disappointing and shows a
limited understanding of the issues involved," said Greg McFarlane,
Director of Vegan Australia.
This news item was reported in full at
End animal use, says Vegan Australia submission on animal welfare
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines are currently
under review and public submissions have been requested. In its
submissions to the review, Vegan Australia has called for the
Australian Government to really make the welfare of animals the
primary goal of the standards, by enforcing that animals must not be
used in any way.
The submissions were made in response to the
consultations for cattle and
6 May 2013
The standards are meant to "protect and maintain the welfare of [cattle
and sheep] in Australia". Vegan Australia recommends that the
standards go much further and fully protect the interests of these and
all other animals. The goal of the standards should be to completely
phase out the use of animals for any purpose. Animals value their own
life and body and have an interest in continuing their existence and
avoiding suffering. They have the right to be treated with respect
and justice and not to be treated as property.
Read the full text of the Vegan Australia
cattle submission and
Read some responses at
Vegan Australia sponsors Animal Matters event
Vegan Australia was a sponsor of the inaugural
event in Sydney in March. This was an invitation-only event to bring
animal issues to the attention of the business community. 150 CEOs
and senior executives attended, many of whom were introduced for the
first time to animal issues. By being present at this event, Vegan
Australia was able to promote veganism to an influencial audience who
would otherwise be very difficult to reach.
19 March 2013
Talk to Animal Rights Advocates meeting, Perth
Greg McFarlane, Director of Vegan Australia, was invited to briefly
introduce Vegan Australia and its vision and activities before
a talk to ARA members on 'The Costs and Benefits of Animal
Experimentation' by Dr Andrew Knight. Greg's talk was well received
and a number of people made contact after the talk.
23 February 2013
Vegan Australia supports new Aussie vegan book
A new Australian vegan book by Silva Mirovics, "Handbook for the
Aussie Vegan", is now available in paperback and eBook. It contains a
foreword by Mr Phil Wollen, articles about veganism written by well
known Aussie vegans, a directory of Australian vegan businesses and
organisations and recipes contributed by some of these businesses
and organisations. The paperback sells for $21.99 and the eBook for
$7.99. For more details or to order see
22 February 2013
Vegan Australia is pleased to have supported the publishing of this
book by providing help towards the printing costs.
Call for comments on Vegan Australia website design
The board of Vegan Australia is currently working on creating a great
new website designed to promote veganism to the general public. The
requirements have been created and we would like to ask our supporters
for comments or suggestions.
1 February 2013
Team Earthling reviews Vegan Australia vision
Vegan Australia gets a great response from vegan podcasters Stevie and
Luc from Team Earthling. They are very enthusiastic about the
possibilities for the future of veganism in Australia, calling the
23 November 2012
Vegan Australia publishes flyer to promote veganism
Vegan Australia has published
a small flyer
to hand out freely to
the general public at stalls, etc. It urges people
to "Love life, live vegan."
1 November 2012
Designer: Ashleen Pearce
"The lifecyle of a vegan", talk at 2012 Living Green Festival, Canberra
Many vegans are asked the question "Why are you vegan?". Less
often, non-vegans are asked "Why aren't you vegan?". Vegans may
say "I am vegan for the animals" or "I am vegan because it is
healthier", or "for the environment". Non-vegans may say "We need
meat to be healthy" or "It's natural" or "I haven't really thought
13 October 2012
Submission on the Public Consultation Draft of an Appendix to the Australian Dietary Guidelines
This submission covers the detrimental impact on the environment of
animal production as well as the health impact of consuming animal
2 November 2012
Media release: Plan to turn Australia vegan in 20 years
Transitioning to sustainable, compassionate, vegan, plant based diets
should be a priority for Australian food policy, Vegan Australia said
in its submission to the National Food Plan today.
1 October 2012
Be part of a team creating a vegan world
Are you passionate about making a difference for animals? Do you want
to be part of a team creating a vegan world? Vegan Australia is now
calling for applications from committed people to join the board to
lead its direction for the next year.
26 September 2012
First Annual General Meeting - 21 October 2012
You are invited to the first AGM of Vegan Australia. Please come and
make your voice heard.
26 September 2012
How to help Vegan Australia
For Vegan Australia to take off nationally it needs people from all
around the country to become active in the organisation in some way.
25 June 2012
Campaign for Australian Dietary Guidelines to promote vegan diet
Dietary guidelines form the basis for a wide range of decisions made
by health professionals, policy makers and food manufacturers.
Because of this, it is important that dietary guidelines clearly state
that humans can thrive on a vegan diet.
6 March 2012
A draft version of the Australian Dietary Guidelines was released in
late 2011 by the NHMRC and submissions on the draft were requested
from interested parties. Vegan Australia, together with the Vegan
Society NSW, made a submission on the new draft Australian Dietary
Guidelines in February 2012.
In its submission, Vegan Australia has called for the Australian
Dietary Guidelines to include consideration of the wellbeing and
rights of animals and not to discriminate against the great number of
Australians who for animal rights, environmental, health, religious
and other reasons, have already adopted plant-based diets. A
compassionate, sustainable and healthy diet must be the goal of the
Vegan diet must be part of National Food Plan
In its submission on a National Food Plan, Vegan Australia has
called for the transition to a sustainable, compassionate, vegan diet
to be a priority for Australian food policy.
2 September 2011